Have you or a loved one been harmed by an error in medication? We’ll get you the compensation you deserve.
The Food and Drug Administration defines a medication error as “any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or harm to a patient”
According to the FDA, since the year 2000, there have been more than 95,000 reported cases of medication errors. And these are just the ones that are reported – chances are there are many cases that go unreported. The FDA also reports that there are 7,000 deaths per year in the U.S. resulting from medication errors.
Some of the common causes of medication errors are:
- Illegible handwritten prescriptions, therefore resulting in miscommunication between the doctor and the pharmacy
- Poor packaging design
- Confusion between drugs with similar names
- Confusion of dosing units, such as metric
- Wrong medication prescribed by the physician
- Wrong medication dispensed by the pharmacy
If you are a loved one has suffered harm due to a medication error caused by carelessness or error on the part of the health care system and you would like to consult with an attorney, please contact us at the Bennett Law Group. We have achieved significant results on behalf of many previous clients in handling medication error cases.
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Most medication errors can be prevented if there is proper communication and adherence to precautions and procedures by medical and pharmaceutical personnel.
Unfortunately, medication errors are also commonly made in nursing homes, where your loved one is entirely dependent on someone else for their well-being. Distribution of medications in a facility such as a nursing home is done from a cart, where the nurse goes from room to room and dispenses each patient’s medications to them. This process can take several hours.
Errors can happen due to the complexity of the cart, the amount of time it takes to dispense meds to all the patients, and in some nursing homes, the great number of patients in the facility.
Some common medication errors in nursing homes are:
- Medication Name confusion – 2 medications with similar names could be confused easily.
- Patients with similar names – confusing one patient’s medication with another patient who has a similar name
- Transcription errors – errors made when copying notes made on a patient’s chart.
- Communication Errors – between different nursing shifts
- Missed Dose
- Overdose or Underdose – the nurse or medical professional incorrectly reads the dosing instructions and gives too much or too little medication
- Wrong product dispensed – the nurse or medical professional incorrectly reads the medication name and the wrong medication is given.
If you or a loved one in a hospital, nursing home, or other medical facility has suffered injury due to a medication error made on the part of a doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional, call our attorneys at the Bennett Law Group. We have over 50 years of experience representing clients throughout the state of Georgia who have been injured through no fault of their own and due to the negligence or carelessness of others. We will do everything possible to ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and medical expenses resulting from your injury. Contact us online or call us at 404-541-9330. We are here to help.